Winter Olympics Through the Years: 1952

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff


Dick Button, who had revolutionized figure skating with his athletic jumps and spins at St. Moritz in 1948, repeated his gold medal performance in '52. The 22–year-old Harvard senior also won the world championship for the fifth straight year, then turned pro.

Andrea Mead Lawrence, a 19–year-old whose parents built the Pico Peak ski resort in Vermont became the first U.S. skier to win two Olympic gold medals, taking both the slalom and giant slalom.

The star of the Games, however, was 28–year-old Norwegian truck driver Hjalmar Andersen who, urged on by his cheering countrymen, won three speed skating gold medals in three days and set Olympic records in two of the races.

The U.S. finished second to Norway in the overall medal count and was runner-up to Canada in hockey. The gold medal was the Canadians' seventh in eight Olympics and, as it turned out, their last for fifty years.

Top 10 Standings

National medal standings are not recognized by the IOC. The unofficial point totals are based on 3 points for a gold medal, 2 for a silver and 1 for a bronze. Total medals are in parentheses.

1Norway (16)73633
2USA (11)46125
3Finland (9)34219
4Austria (8)24216
5Germany (7)32215
6Holland (3)0306
7Canada (2)1014
 Italy (2)1014
 Sweden (4)0044
10Great Britain (1)1003

Leading Medal Winners

Number of individual medals won on the left; gold, silver and bronze breakdown to the right.


No  SportG-S-B
3Hjalmar Andersen, NORSp. Skate3-0-0
2Andreas Ostler, GERBobsled2-0-0
2Lorenz Nieberl, GERBobsled2-0-0
2Hallgeir Brenden, NORX-country1-1-0
2Stein Eriksen, NORAlpine1-1-0
2Heikki Hasu, FINX-country 
 & Nordic Combined1-1-0
2Tapio Mäkelä, FINX-country1-1-0
2Othmar Schneider, AUTAlpine1-1-0
2Paavo Lonkila, FINX-country1-0-1
2Stan Benham, USABobsled0-2-0
2Kees Broekman, NEDSp. Skate0-2-0
2Patrick Martin, USABobsled0-2-0
2Magnar Estenstad, NORX-country0-1-1
2Christian Pravda, AUTAlpine0-1-1
2Fritz Feierabend, SWIBobsled0-0-2
2Stephan Waser, SWIBobsled0-0-2


No SportG-S-B
3Annemarie Buchner, GERAlpine0-1-2
2Andrea Mead Lawrence, USAAlpine2-0-0

Alpine Skiing


Event  Time
DownhillZeno Colò, ITA2:30.8
SlalomOthmar Schneider, AUT2:00.0
G.SlalomStein Eriksen, NOR2:25.0


Event  Time
DownhillTrude Jochum-Beiser, AUT1:47.1
SlalomAndrea Mead Lawrence, USA2:10.6
G.SlalomAndrea Mead Lawrence, USA2:06.8


Event  Time
2-ManGER (Andreas Ostler & Lorenz Nieberl)5:24.54
4-ManGER (Andreas Ostler, Friedrich Kuhn,
Lorenz Nieberl, Franz Kemser)

Figure Skating

Event  Points
MenDick Button, USA1730.3
WomenJeanette Altwegg, GBR1455.8
PairsRia Falk & Paul Falk, GER102.6

Ice Hockey

Note: Sweden defeated Czechoslovakia 5–3, in a playoff game to decide third place and the 1952 European championship.

Nordic Skiing


Cross Country

Event  Time
18kmHallgeir Brenden, NOR1:01:34.0
50kmVeikko Hakulinen, FIN3:33:33.0
4x10kmFIN (Heikki Hasu, Paavo Lonkila,
Urpo Korhonen, Tapio Mäkelä)

Ski Jumping

Event  Points 
90mArnfinn Bergman, NOR226.0 

Nordic Combined

Event Points
18km/JumpSimon Slåttvik, NOR51.621


Cross Country

Event  Time  
10kmLydia Widerman, FIN41:40.0 

Speed Skating


Event  Time  
500mKen Henry, USA43.2 
1500mHjalmar Andersen, NOR2:20.4 
5000mHjalmar Andersen, NOR8:10.6OR
10,000mHjalmar Andersen, NOR16:45.8OR
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